TURBT expected recovery

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I'm new to this having only been diagnosed in December. I've got my first TURBT surgery in a few days and wondered what people's experiences are of recovery. Not just the first few days.

I'm a 41 Yr old who is normal very fit, teaching full time and dealing with my own kids. I'm expecting to need some time to rest/recuperate but have seen so many different timeliness for full recovery from 1 week to 6 weeks!!

What did other people experience?

  • Hi  and welcome to the group. Although everyone is different with their recovery there is a generalisation. You will need to take it easy for a couple of days and then start to feel a bit livelier. It takes up to six weeks for the wound to fully heal depending on how deep they have to go. You can start to feel normal after a few days but it is important to do nothing strenuous or heavy lifting for about two weeks, and then generally build up from there. My first TURBT was fairly severe and I was in hospital for four days, but up and about within a week.. My other TURBTs, I was in and out in several hours and pretty much up and about the day after. I hope all goes well. Best wishes.

    Best wishes to All,   rily.

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  • Middle mother,

    Hi. My 1st TURBT was a bit of an aggressive treatment, and I had an unexpected hospital stay of 5 days, but was up and about within a day or two, but it too 2 to 3 weeks to fully recover. TURBT 2 was less challenging, out the same day, couple of days rest. Today is day 6 of recovery, and I have been walking 5k for the last 2 days, and have been chopping logs today (gently). 

  • Hi middlemother, my experience was quite bad, not trying to scare you as everyone is totally different and it depends on where and how the tumor is. I was in hospital overnight but had to go home with a catheter in as I couldn’t pass urine. I had a couple of trials without catheter over a few weeks l, but had to have it re inserted. The third time it was re inserted I developed sepsis a was admitted into hospital for a week. I feel a bit bad writing this as I don’t want to worry you and I hope everything goes well for you. 

  • Don't worry, I don't scare easily. I get that it's different for everyone. It's just good to hear different experiences

  • Hi Middlemother,Welcome to the group.I used to take it easy for a couple of days following a TURBT but was fine after that.A word of caution don’t lift anything too heavy for about 4-6 weeks.I ended up in A & E with a bladder haemorrhage a month after a TURBT.I thought everything had healed and lifted some heavy boxes.Best wishes Jane 

  • Thanks that is helpful.

    I'm going to listen to my body but certainly hope to build up slowly.

  • It was the general anaesthetic as much as anything that knocked me back, made me woozy headed. You'll likely need 2 weeks off work. If nothing else, you may experience frequent, painful urination for a while, which makes life difficult. Make sure to take things easy, have some rest built into the day and drink plenty of water. Just go at the pace your body dictates - pushing yourself too hard too soon will set you back the next day. Hope all goes well.